From today it is ‘official’ … though you may have read it here ahead of times, ‘as usual’


(Posted 05th September 2013)

(Mohammed Hersi with President Uhuru Kenyatta on the opening of the 2nd East African Infrastructure Summit)

News emerged yesterday afternoon that Mohammed Hersi, General Manager of the Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa and Regional Manager Coast for Sarova Hotels, also overseeing the two safari lodges Taita Hills and Salt Lick, was after 10 years at the helm of the Whitesands, and being to a large part responsible for the remarkable transformation of the resort into a true 5 star property, leaving to take up a new appointment.

Hersi has since taking over the Whitesands gained a reputation as a no nonsense man, gifted in his interaction with staff, leading them by example and through inspiration, a major factor in the repositioning of the Whitesands during the past decade to the pinnacle of the hospitality industry.

As an industry captain Hersi now serves as Chairman of the Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association, the main trade association where all Kenya coast stakeholders are coming together. There he has been an outspoken and ardent defender of the tourism sectors’ interests vis a vis government, ever keen to have the industry’s viewpoints heard and understood by the powers that be and seeking solutions to the sector’s challenges rather than just bemoaning circumstances the industry has to cope with.

Mohammed Hersi will be joining the Heritage Hotels as Chief Executive Officer effective 15th of September and while his staff and loyal clients from the Whitesands will undoubtedly be sad to see him go it will certainly be a warm welcome for him at his new work place. From myself all the best wishes on this occasion – I will for sure miss this familiar face on my next return to the Whitesands Beach Resort and look forward to meeting at his new place of work in not too distant a future.

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